MEET OUR EDUCATIONAL TEAM

Susan de Bondt
Susan de Bondt, a graduate of the University of Florida, holds an Audiology Doctorate degree and has held positions as Director of Audiology Services in private ENT practice, been a 15 year Private Practice owner, and served as Bernafon U.S. Director of Training.   She joined the Widex training team in 2015 and is currently a Senior Clinical Product Specialist.  Throughout her career she has focused on innovation in Audiology business practice, creating patient-centered services, and bringing added value in meeting the needs of both clinicians and their patients.  She lives in Sarasota, FL and enjoys traveling and adventure world-wide. Dr. de Bondt received her Masters of Science Degree in Audiology from the University of South Florida and completed a Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D) from the University of Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Florida Academy of Audiology. 
 
Dana Helmink
Dana works as a Senior Clinical Product Specialist at Widex. She earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from Northern Illinois University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University. She worked in clinical audiology in Illinois, where she also served more than 10 years on the board of directors of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.  With more than 15 years in product management, Dana applies her experience in user-centered design and usability testing to develop innovative training programs.  She loves creating educational experiences that make it easy for professionals to embrace new technology and provide patients with access to the best hearing care solutions.  She is a proud Chicago native and currently resides in the northwest suburbs with her family.
Natalie Loyola
Natalie Loyola completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.  Prior to joining Widex, she worked as the Director of Audiology at a large ENT practice.  Other audiology experiences include various ENT, government and private practice settings as well as working with the pediatric population at a children’s hospital.  Natalie has worked in the industry with hearing aid and cochlear implant manufactures.  She has experience in product development, research and development, research and technology, marketing, sales and clinical product research.  Natalie is a native Spanish speaker and is a licensed audiologist/hearing aid dispenser in California.  She has a passion for humanitarian efforts and has donated her time and services in Mexico, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.  Natalie was born and raised in Napa Valley, CA and in her free time enjoys working out, traveling, and living in San Diego with her fiancé and Pomsky dog.
Alissa Hench
Dr. Hench received her Doctorate in Audiology from Nova Southeastern University in 2007, where she graduated with Honors. She completed her undergraduate coDr. Hench received her Doctorate in Audiology from Nova Southeastern University in 2007, where she graduated with Honors. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the Pennsylvania State University in 2003.  Upon graduation, Dr. Hench worked at one of the country’s largest ENT practices, in Boca Raton, FL. She and her husband relocated to the back to the northeast, where she accepted a position as lead audiologist and practice manager at Enhanced Auditory Resources, LLC., in Newton, MA.  In 2015, Dr. Hench entered the industry side of hearing care, and she joined Widex in January 2020, as a Clinical Product Specialist and Regional Account Manager, supporting customers throughout New England and upstate/western New York. In her career, Dr. Hench has experience in the development of a Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Center, development of an Audiology Assistant Training Program as well as practice management. She has participated in numerous research studies with major manufactures of hearing devices and tinnitus treatment therapies and is also experienced as a clinical supervisor for numerous Doctor of Audiology Programs across the country. Dr. Hench is board certified by the American Board of Audiology and currently holds certification in both the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment as well as in Widex Zen Tinnitus Therapy. 
James Martin
James W. Martin, Jr AuD, is the Director of Audiological Communication at Widex USA. He was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from The Ohio State University and his Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) at Arizona School of Health Sciences. James is a Keynote speaker, educator and is passionate about encouraging clinicians as well as patients to become the best version of themselves. James conducts training sessions in customer offices, consumer educational events, at both national and international events. James has worked in a clinical and manufacturing side of audiology for over 30 years.  James is currently the Director of Audiological Communication. James is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and was the winner of the American Speech and Hearing Associations Editor’s Award for published research in auditory neurophysiology. He is a Two Time All American in Track & Field and was featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces in a Crowd”.  He currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his lovely wife and two wonderful children.
 
Cassie Fuller
Cassie Fuller completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Eastern Illinois University. She then went on to graduate with her Au.D. from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). Dr. Fuller has an array of experiences spanning across multiple clinical settings which include private practice, hospital, and ENT as well as working as a patient care coordinator. She has a love of balancing science and technology along with culture and psychology in the field of audiology. This love translates to her passionate nature when teaching hearing healthcare professionals how to use technology to improve patients’ lives. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading non-fiction, podcasts, and long walks with her adorable rescue dog. Cassie currently resides in New York City.

Wendy Switalski
Wendy Switalski is Director of Clinical Product Specialists for Widex USA.  Prior to joining Widex, Dr. Switalski was Sr. Market Development Manager for fitting solutions with Otometrics, owned audiology practice and equipment distribution companies in metro Detroit and served as a consultant specializing in probe microphone measurement technology.  In addition to her role with Widex, she also provides hearing care in the South Pacific territory of American Samoa.  Dr. Switalski holds an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and a Doctor of Audiology degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of Audiology.
Jodi Sasaki-Miraglia
Jodi Sasaki completed a double bachelor’s degree in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology at the University of Northern Colorado.  Jodi also holds a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Doctorate degree in Audiology from Salus University. She has dedicated the last 13 years of her career working for top global hearing device manufacturers as a Manager of Education & Training, Manager of Audiology Technical support, Sales support, and Practice Management.  Jodi is proud to be an Audiologist for almost two decades. Her past positions as a Clinical Audiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.  Jodi is a frequent guest lecture at local Au.D. programs, provides public outreach for Hearing Healthcare, and presents at local and national meetings.
Lindsay Livengood
Lindsay Livengood has worked for Widex since 2017 as both a Clinical Product Specialist and an Outreach Audiologist. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, ENT, and the House Ear Clinic. She holds a Doctorate of Audiology from Missouri State University and a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Livengood loves being able to support both clinicians and end-users in the quest for better hearing utilizing the best technology in the industry. In addition to all things Audiology, Lindsay enjoys traveling the world, listening to live music, and spending time with her husband and young daughter.
Michele Gerrish
Michele Gerrish is an audiologist with over 20 years of clinical and industry experience.  Her broad clinical experience includes work at small private practices, VA Healthcare system, as well as faculty and clinical audiologist at Penn State Hershey Medical system.  In these roles she has provided full diagnostic and rehabilitative care services to all age groups. In addition to her clinical experience, Michele has worked in the manufacturing sector providing training and product management in government services as well as commercial sectors. She is currently a Senior Clinical Product Specialist at Widex USA Inc. Dr. Gerrish received her master’s degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University and completed her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida.   She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and two children.
 
Laura Kearns
Laura Kearns received her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Cincinnati. Before working at Widex, she worked as a clinical and dispensing audiologist at a large ENT practice in Lexington and Louisville in Kentucky. She loved the fast pace environment and variety of patients she worked with and treated. Laura is passionate about teaching clinicians how technology can improve their patient’s lives.  Laura lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and young daughters.
Kyle Harber
Kyle is an audiologist and has worked on the Widex team for a couple of years in two roles, previously as a Regional Sales Manager and now as a Clinical Development Manager. He studied communication disorders at Oklahoma State University and audiology at the University of North Texas with research emphasis on amplification and cognition in the Alzheimer’s population. Following his studies, he worked in an ENT setting where he focused on both audiological diagnostics and amplification. Outside of his professional life you would most likely find him spending time with family and friends or cheering on the OSU Cowboys.  
Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls with her Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences and from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University with her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) in 2011.  She has maintained her certification as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2011.  Her years of practice include both diagnostic and rehabilitative hearing care services for all age groups in both medical clinical settings and private practice in the Phoenix valley.  Stephanie joined Widex as a Clinical Product Specialist at the end of October 2018.   She has resided in sunny Arizona since moving from Wisconsin in 2007.  She tries to visit her son @ the University of ID as much as she can, loves to hike in the AZ winters, and provide lots of TLC to her plants and two kitties at home. 
Terrie Sekins
Terrie Sekins holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University in Audiology and a Doctorate from A.T. Stills University, Arizona School of Health Sciences.  Her prior audiology experience includes physician education on hearing loss and its effects in both clinical and private practice settings.  Additionally, she was instrumental in developing ototoxic monitoring protocols for children and adults and partnered with local school districts’ Deaf Education teachers to optimize amplification and FM.  Dr. Sekins is a licensed audiologist in California and has conducted seminars on hearing loss and hearing aid technology to clinics and consumer groups.  She brings more than 25 years’ experience to her current role as Regional Outreach Audiologist with Widex providing product and software training and support for the western United States.